Boys Basketball

Changes For FCIAC Teams In State Boys Basketball Tournament

The CIAC today released the five divisions for the boys basketball tournament.

Three FCIAC schools — Fairfield Warde, Greenwich and Wilton — have been bumped up to Division I, which has been expanded from 20 to 24 teams to reduce the number of opening round byes from 12 to eight.

They join Trumbull, Danbury, Trinity Catholic and Ridgefield, giving the league seven teams in Division I.

New Canaan, which won the Division IV title, and St. Joseph, which lost to the Rams in the semifinals, have been moved up to Division III. Staples, which was in Division III, now is in Division II.

The CIAC places teams in divisions based on a formula that uses power points and CIAC tournament results from the previous three seasons. All schools are ranked from number 1-183. The divisions were then determined by taking the allotted number of schools starting at the top of the rankings: the top 24 totals are in Division I, the next 35 are in Division II, the next 37 are in Division III, the next 39 are in Division IV and the lowest 48 are in Division V.

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The format is unpopular with most FCIAC coaches and controversial since it is based on past success, and thus does not take into account teams that fall in the standings because of injuries and graduation losses or teams that rise because of the addition of impact transfers.